Date AnnouncedOct. 1, 2020
DOS announces that certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, students, and journalists from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland may qualify for National Interest Exceptions under Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Area) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland). [ID #1071]
See Biden administration action below.View Policy Document
Biden Administration ActionApril 8, 2021
This Biden administration action modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On April 8, 2021, the State Department announced that immigrants, fiancé(e) visa holders, certain exchange visitors, and pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance are eligible for National Interest Exceptions to the geographic COVID Presidential Proclamations (9984, 9992, and 10143).Updates to National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Proclamations
Biden Administration ActionJuly 6, 2021
This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.
On July 6, 2021, the State Department announced the expansion of its national interest exceptions to a 12-month, multiple-entry validity, effective immediately. Previously, these exceptions were valid for 30 days and a single entry. The policy change affects exceptions issued under all of the existing COVID-19 regional travel bans.
This new policy is effective immediately and also applies to exceptions issued in the last 12 months as long as the foreign national’s purpose of travel remains the same as when the exception was initially issued.Extension of Validity for NIEs for Travelers
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas: Student Non-Immigrant Visas: Employment-Based Non-Immigrant Visas: Visitor
Agencies Affected: Bureau of Consular Affairs